Wonderful World of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Bath Petals' Australian Eucalyptus - An invigorating, healing blend of pure eucalyptus essential oil for a self-defense therapy to help the fight colds, flu and fatigue.
Native of Australia, where it was regarded as a general cure-all by the Aborigines and later by the white settlers, Eucalyptus was introduced to Europe in 1788 and the first oil exported to England was called 'Sydney peppermint' and became very popular. It was extracted from Eucalyptus peperita which is a more industrial type of oil.
It was distilled from at least 1788, when two Doctors, John White and Dennis Cossiden distilled Eucalyptus for its use in treating chest problems and colic. The first works of the antiseptic and bacterial properties of the oil were published in Germany by Doctors Cole and Homeyer. They classified it as being "sudorific, a stimulant anticatharral and astringent". It was prescribed for all respiratory system conditions such as bronchitis, flu, asthma and coughs.
Today Eucalyptus Oil continues to be a familiar ingredient in chest rubs, general antiseptics, decongestants, cough remedies and muscle and joint ointments.